On Tuesday 20 March the next Descartes Centre History of Science Colloquium will take place. Dr Riccarda Suitner (Descartes Fellow / Universität Erfurt Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien) will give a lecture entitled ‘Natural philosophy and the Reformation in the work and life of Agostino Doni’.
Only a single work by the physician Agostino Doni survives, the De natura hominis (On Human Nature) published in Basle by Johann Froben in 1581. It is a testament to the author’s closeness to the philosophy of Bernardino Telesio, to his exile for religious reasons through Germany, Switzerland and Poland, and finally, to his medical theory. The lecture will consider this obscure but indeed fascinating figure in the interplay between biographical experience, natural philosophy and religious dissent.